A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.
Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has called for calm in the race for a top four place and Champions League football. The experienced defender has suggested consistency is key for Brendan Rodgers’ side over the rest of the season.
“We just need now to keep calm and do what we have been doing, if we continue that we will get the same results,” he told Sky.
Simon Mignolet has claimed that Liverpool’s favourable position in the race for a top four finish is down to the hard work he and his teammates have been putting in on the training field.
“It's not only on the pitch, it's also on the training ground - we go until the end and everybody works really hard. We try to get the maximum out of every little session, even in small training games we want to win every single game,” he told Liverpool’s website.
Joe Allen has revealed he’s looking to get back on track following another setback through injury. The Welshman has described how difficult it is to get back into Liverpool’s first team once you drop out.
“Before Christmas, I enjoyed a good run in the team and I was happy with my own performances and the levels I was getting up to - It does get harder and harder to get into the team, but that can only be a good thing. That's something that's been great this season - the competition for places,” he said.
In transfer news, Spanish newspaper AS is now claiming today that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could link up with Atletico Madrid. The site claims Diego Simeone is keen on pairing Suarez with Diego Costa in what could be a world record transfer.
Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic has played down rumours linking him with a move to Atletico Madrid. The 25-year-old has reaffirmed his commitment to current club Sevilla.
“It's needless to comment about Atletico because I have a contract with Sevilla and, as I said, I feel good here,” he told Radio Marca.
In another rumour, Liverpool have been linked as the favourites to sign Victor Valdes when he leaves Barcelona at the end of the season. The 32-year-old has insisted throughout the season that he won’t sign a new deal with Barca and Liverpool could bring him in as back up and competition for Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool have also been linked with a player from Barca’s main rivals, Real Madrid, with some reports suggesting a move for Isco is on the cards for this summer. The Spaniard only joined Los Blancos last summer for £23 million but has failed to nail down a regular starting place.
In other news, ticket touts have been slammed for selling Hillsborough Memorial tickets for £100 each. The event will take place on April 15 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the incident, with entrance free but ticketed.
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